Mogherini Reiterates EU Doesn't Recognize "Israel's Sovereignty" over Occupied Syrian Golan

BRUSSELS, (ST)- The European Union has reiterated its rejection of US President Donald Trump's Declaration on the occupied Syrian Golan.

The EU Foreign Policy Chief Fredrica Mogherini said during a plenary session of the European Parliament "the European Union has a very simple and clear position that I have had the possibility to reiterate and restate in very clear manner over time and more recently. The EU does not recognize Israeli sovereignty over any of the territories occupied by Israel since June 1967, in line with international law and with UN Security Council resolutions 242 and 497. And this also applies to Golan".

 "In parallel, the five EU Member States who currently sit in the UN Security Council – which are the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Belgium and Poland – expressed this common position in New York in a joint stake-out," she added, according to the European Union official website.

Mogherini also condemned the Israeli occupation settlement policy in the West bank, describing it as illegal.

"What I can say is what we are seeing in recent times: over the past months Israeli settlement construction has continued. Only last week, plans for more than 4,600 new housing units were advanced by the Israeli authorities. Right after the announcement, we issued a statement to repeat that we consider all settlement activity illegal under international law."

Hamda Mustafa